A 4 AM Conversation with Annie John by Georgia G.P. Love Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid may have been the dark rabbit hole that led me tumbling unconsciously into a world of black feminisms. At 13 y… Source: A 4 AM Conversation with Annie John #blackfeminisms
time. has passed. time is passing. i am still writing. still working. wrote a short story a week ago. found Octavia Butler. did you know. writing has rhythm. sentences make sounds. dub is my flow. Working on something new. here. This is my last post. i am moving over to the black art station http://blackart.simiyah.online… Continue reading Last post
What was i thinking when i wrote that piece yesterday. I mean if i write like this i'll be expected to keep it up. Keep writing like i am talking directly to you and telling you truths like real things that happen to me in life. i know i already do some of that on… Continue reading Is the title the main idea or just something to catch you?
I am cold. Freezing in the Library. The National Library of Trinidad, Port of Spain. They write NALIS everywhere. The Jamaican security guard joked that she wasn't beef or chicken so she had to go outside the building because it was a "cold storage. I left my sweater today. I keep forgetting hold cold it… Continue reading What will we be in 2016?
For a small city, Kingston is quite cosmopolitan. And this has nothing to do with our deceitful national motto. That’s a whole other story about large-scale self-deception. Out of which many? Jamaica is a nation of African people with a minority of other racial groups.
And as for those black Jamaicans who don’t want to be African, Peter Tosh sets them straight:
“Don’t care where you come from,
As long as you’re a black man
You’re an African.”
So what’s cosmopolitan about Kingston? It’s all those cultural events every single week. And many are free. Our colleges and universities offer so much: public forums, film screenings, book launches, concerts, theatrical productions. And foreign embassies provide regular opportunities to explore other cultures.
The Alliance Francaise recently screened a brilliant documentary, Trop Noir Pour Etre Francaise?/Too Black To Be French? It’s framed as a question. But the implied answer is…
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Yesterday i realised how i look. Strange weird Mad different Idle poor lost So what does a freedom from "babylon" look like for an African in Jamaica? But if i look like all of this it means i get treated like that. Jamaica is still racist towards the African especially a rebellious independent thinking… Continue reading So what does freedom from “babylon” look like for an African in Jamaica?
I am re-publishing below an article from the “Jamaica Gleaner,” and a response to it from one of the “things” referred to in this article.
Yes, “things.” This is how the writer, Mel Cooke, refers to his fellow Jamaicans, whom he happens to self-righteously disapprove of. Clearly he has written this to create a stir – and will include responses to this airing of his personal prejudices in his next column. Wow, that is something to look forward to.
Below this article, I am printing a piece by Afifa Aza, Ph.D., about whom I wrote a profile in an earlier blog post. Both Mel and Afifa are well-educated, intelligent, creative people. Mel Cooke is a published poet and writer; Afifa Aza is a social activist, educator, writer and DJ. And yet, the gulf between them is enormous. But isn’t that Jamaica for you? It’s sometimes a very sad place.
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